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Frequently Asked Questions - Frisco High School

All interested high school students will be eligible to seek admission into the Diploma Programme at Frisco High School. The first cohort of eligible students, 2023 graduates, will complete a commitment form in November 2018 to indicate their desire to gain IB Diploma Programme admission and become Frisco High School students beginning in the 2019-20 school year. There are not specific requirements to submit a commitment form. If there is more interest than there are seats available, a lottery system will be utilized to select students for the programme. Additional information regarding the admissions process will be available in summer 2018.

Official authorization to become an IB World School is a multi-year process. First, schools submit an application for candidacy. If accepted, there is a consultancy and verification period before the school is authorized.

If FISD’s application for candidacy is accepted, the District plans to offer the first IB courses to juniors in the IB Diploma Programme at Frisco High School in the 2021-22 school year. Students in the graduating class of 2023 (seventh graders in 2017-18), will be the first cohort of students who will be eligible to gain admissions to the IB Diploma Programme as ninth graders at Frisco High School. Parent and student informational meetings will be held in October 2018 to provide more details about the program and the admissions process. Interested students will complete commitment forms in November 2018 with admissions decisions being made by January 2019.

Students within the IB Diploma Programme will be Frisco High School students beginning in the ninth grade. They will be ranked in accordance with District policy along with other Frisco High School students. Due to the rigorous nature of IB courses, IB will receive the same weight of 6.0 as Advanced Placement courses in the calculation for GPA for rank, starting with Class of 2023. Read more about the District’s GPA for rank policy.

Yes. Students within the IB Diploma Programme are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities like fine arts, athletics, academic competitions, clubs and organizations. Students within the IB Diploma Programme will work closely with the IB coordinator and their guidance counselor to develop their four-year high school plan.

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares juniors and seniors for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. Learn more at www.ibo.org.

The decision to pursue the Diploma Programme at Frisco High School was made after thoughtful planning and consideration. There has been strong community interest in bringing International Baccalaureate to Frisco ISD for many years and it was a goal outlined during the District’s 2015 strategic planning process. Frisco High School is centrally located in the District and has capacity to serve additional students. Student participation and cost will be key considerations in determining whether to expand the programme in the future. There are currently no plans to introduce the Diploma Programme at other FISD high schools.

Frisco ISD is not planning to implement the IB Middle Years Programme at this time. FISD middle schools provide a wide range of opportunities for students, including fine arts, athletics, STEM electives, academic competitions and rigorous coursework. District leaders value student choice and believe that middle school should be a time for students to explore their interests and identify their strengths. The current structure of the IB Middle Years Programme requires a set pathway of coursework that would limit student choice. The District will continue to research and examine additional programming at the middle school level that will best meet students’ needs.

No. In Frisco ISD, students accepted into the IB Diploma Programme at Frisco High School will be required to take the full IB Diploma coursework. The IB coordinator and campus guidance counselor will work with IB Diploma students to help them develop their four-year high school plan with the appropriate courses.

Current Frisco ISD students who have gained admission into the International Baccalaureate programme will begin as ninth graders at Frisco High School. In ninth grade, students will receive academic guidance and additional support with their schedule in order to ensure that they take the courses necessary to prepare them for success in IB coursework during their junior and senior years, as well as to ensure that they meet all the requirements for graduation. Additionally, it is important for students to attend beginning in ninth grade in order to build relationships with Frisco High School staff and develop study groups with other students in their cohort.

There may be an opportunity for students to enter the program their sophomore year in 2020-21 if there is space available. Additional information would be provided at that time regarding the process for admission.

Frisco ISD offers a robust Advanced Placement program with 30 courses available and was honored to be placed on College Board’s 2018 AP District Honor Roll. Frisco ISD remains dedicated to its AP program and will continue to offer AP courses at each high school. AP course offerings may vary from campus to campus based on student interest and staffing needs.

IB Diploma Programme students at Frisco High School may also take AP coursework in their freshman and sophomore years.

Students in Frisco ISD have numerous opportunities to take rigorous coursework, earn college credit and prepare for college. Students can take dual credit, Advanced Placement courses, career and technical education (CTE) courses, and will soon be able to take International Baccalaureate courses. Most universities and colleges review student applications holistically and take into account a variety of factors including coursework, college admissions test scores, extracurricular activities, leadership experience and service within the community. FISD recommends students research the admissions requirements of colleges and universities that they are interested in as they make course selections.

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